President Obama spoke on Thursday about our national direction with respect to security.
"Here at home, we will strengthen our defenses, but we will not succumb to a siege mentality that sacrifices the open society and liberties and values that we cherish as Americans, because great and proud nations don't hunker down and hide behind walls of suspicion and mistrust. That is exactly what our adversaries want, and so long as I am President, we will never hand them that victory. We will define the character of our country, not some band of small men intent on killing innocent men, women and children.
And in this cause, every one of us -- every American, every elected official -- can do our part. Instead of giving into cynicism and division, let's move forward with the confidence and optimism and unity that defines us as a people. For now is not a time for partisanship, it's a time for citizenship -- a time to come together and work together with the seriousness of purpose that our national security demands."
- This is the direction I worked for in 2008.
- This attitude trumps all policy.
- This attitude is talking about the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave as having the courage to be free.
- This attitude is the true preservation of freedom.
We lost this attitude in 2001 when The World Trade Center got leveled, The Pentagon was injured and heroes stood tall on a field in Pennsylvania and in those memories we allowed the terrorist to define us.
We folded to our fear. Why are we afraid to put the WTC back exactly the way it was (after updating the engineering of course)? Why are we afraid to put people who do bad things to us on trial in public? Why did we direct our military to destroy countries that had nothing to do with our tragedy (do not think for one moment I am calling out our military, but only those chicken hawks formed these missions)?
We lost to the terrorists the moment we acted in fear. That is what they wanted and we gave it to them. We lost our cool.
We became cowards. We were sold a large helping of fear wrapped in bluster and patriotism.
- It is not the United States.
- It is not American.
- It used to be the opposite of Freedom is Tyranny. Now, the opposite of Freedom is Fear. You can't be free is you are afraid.
- This is now the fundamental difference between Democrat and Republican.
The GOP sells fear and there are plenty of people buying their Birther Product Line. The Death Panelist harvest produced a bumper crop last year. The Teabagging rollout has been underway for quite some time and is showing promising results.
I don't know what flashy trinket I can sell you to back President Obama. I just know we need to stand up somewhere and be counted.
I have been beating a drum for a March on DC on January 15 for quite some time. Link Here!
The response from the Mainstream Media and elected officials has been tepid at best.
Contacting the DNC and the OFA has been like pulling teeth.
We are the people who elected President Obama. We need to show him outward support for what he is doing. Yes, I get he hasn't been perfect, no one is. The attitude he is displaying here, in National Security, is the attitude we need.
2008 we got our country back.
2009 we watched as the Merchants of Fear have sold us out.
2010 we need to defend what we did in 2008.
I see posters say, "I'll be there in spirit", or "I wish I could go, but my circumstances (family, health, job, etc.) prevent me.". What can I do?
Over the next week we need to create a buzz. I will add Organizations and Phone Numbers to this post. I am asking you to call these numbers. I am asking you to send emails to these folks. We are in the marketplace of ideas. We have better ideas, now we have to sell them.
I want you to call outlets you would not normally call including Right Wing Radio. The want to jam up congresspeople with this tactic, let's jam their phone lines so their producers need to work to find their minions. They are normally toll free numbers so you are calling on their dime.
If you place a phone Number or email on this list, I will update this post with your handle. I will give permission to the HP Moderators to update this post if I cannot get to it.
All you posters who want to do something - Now is the chance. You have the energy to comment. Please re-direct this energy to help us help ourselves to the Country we want.
Phone Number / Email Organization
202-863-8000 DNC / Organizing For America
From Manny Vasile
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm *for Senatorial contacts